Bradford Bishop handed ‘Super-Diocese’ role
The first Bishop, of what will be the country’s largest Diocese, was announced earlier this week with Bradford’s own Right Reverend Nick Baines handed the role.
The 56-year-old will become the first Area Bishop of Leeds for the new super-Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, where he will also act as the Bishop.
He will leave his current Bradford role on the 20th April before taking up the new venture on 8th June at a ceremony set to be held at York Minster.
With a strong emphasis on the importance of interfaith relations, the move has been hailed by many third parties who believe Bishop Baines has the ability to unite communities more than ever before.
Vice-president of Bradford’s Council for Mosques, Zulfi Karim, praised the selection saying he believes that his ‘friend’ is the ‘right man for the job’.
He said: “I have worked closely with Bishop Baines in the past, much like all the religions in Bradford, and I can honestly say that he understands the importance of multi-faith issues extremely well.
“It is a great decision to elect Bishop Baines to such a position as I believe he will only help improve relations between religions across Yorkshire and the Dales, and I hope he can remain an advocate for Bradford.
“He is a fantastic ambassador for working with all religions so to see him become head of this major Diocese is great.”
Bishop Baines has been the Bishop of Bradford for three years and was previously the Bishop of Croydon.
He will now undertake the same role for the much larger area of Yorkshire and the Dales which will cover five church areas in total, in Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Ripon and Wakefield.
Almost 500 clergy, 656 churches and 256 Church of England schools will be within the area covered by the newly found body.